Sunday, May 1, 2011

"The Jackalope"

This is my finished piece for the C.A.V.E. Gallery's anniversary show this May 13th.

The Jackalope is a mythical animal of North American folklore described as a jackrabbit with antelope horns or deer antlers and often hind legs. It is possible that the tales of jackalopes were inspired by sightings of rabbits infected with the Shope papilloma virus, which causes the growth of horn- and antler-like tumors in various places on the rabbit's head and body.
However, the concept of an animal hybrid occurs in many cultures, for example as the griffin and the chimera.

It took may trips into the desert to convince this young Jackalope to sit for me to paint, but my perseverance paid off big time with this awesome portrait. This painting is made in Oils on a linen board. It measures 16 inches wide by 20 inches tall. This painting is sold.

Thank you.